The first lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has taken her time to condoled with the family of late Danmasanin Kano, Yusuf Maitama Sule, who died in the early hours of Monday while on admission at a hospital in Cairo at age 87.
The first lady’s condolence message was conveyed in a statement by her Director of Information, Suleiman Haruna, in Abuja on Tuesday.
“I received with shock, but total submission to the will of Allah, the death of Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule, Danmasanin Kano, a leading light of Nigeria. Danmasani availed himself at all times to national causes of cohesion, peace, and stability. He will be remembered for his stabilizing role as an elder statesman and a national example whose life is worthy of commendation and emulation. I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Kano State and his family in particular over this sad loss.”
Mrs. Aisha Buhari also described the late Danmasanin Kano as an epitome of humility, moderation, tolerance, patriotism, and love.
She said Maitama Sule died at a time when Nigeria needed his wise counseling. She, therefore, prayed to Almighty Allah to grant him Aljannatul Firdaus and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Meanwhile, the remains of Danmasani would be transported from Egypt to Nigeria on Tuesday and be buried at about 4 p.m. in Kano.
Late Maitama Sule was said to have been flown to a hospital in Egypt on Saturday after doctors at Kano Nasarawa Hospital diagnosed him with pneumonia and chest infection. Born in Kano in 1929, the late Danmasani attended Shahuci Elementary School in 1937 and Kano Middle School and Kaduna College (now Barewa College) for his secondary education. He later taught at Kano Middle School his alma mater, and played significant roles in social mobilization, touring villages with the then Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi throughout the Kano emirate which afforded him the opportunity to carry out health, literacy and tax campaigns.